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Old 01-13-2019, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hi all,

As we had planed our winter escape from Mich winter and FINALLY after several years scored a slot at Big Bend Nat'l Park we received this email today.




"Hello, All camping in Big Bend National Park is closed for the duration of the federal government lapse in funding. Reservations are not being honored. "


Well El Torro Poo Poo on the current Admin head throwing a temper tantrum.
At the end of the day as they say we have been mildly inconvenienced. It is the Fed. Employees who are taking it in the shorts.


In any case RVParky to the rescue.
A new RV park:Paisano Village RV Park & Inn had space for us for the Jan 18-23 dates! Only $35 per night. No bath house, but our new Escape 19 will certainty suffice since the Nat'l Park was boon docking in any case.


This will entail a lot of day trips. However better situated so we can travel to both the Texas State Park to the east of the Big Bend Nat'L park, as well as thought the BB National Park.


I am assuming (hoping) Sunset campground in Death Valley which is also basically boon docking will still be available by the end of Feb. Likely our Joshua Tree compound reservations may be cancelled (?) if this issue is not resolved in time.



The beauty of small is beautiful FG means we can adopt to changing conditions. Living in the 3rd world for >25 years we learned to adapt with rapidly changing conditions on a weekly if not daily basis.


So no big deal.


At some point I will post a travel update. Currently staying in

Fontainebleau State Park, LA.


Cheers all,
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:20 PM   #2
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That's unfortunate. Two years ago we stopped Big Bend NP for 10 days. It is beautiful. Also stopped at Seminole Canyon SP for a couple of days which has ancient rock paintings and a beautiful canyon. This SP appears to be on your route from LA.
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Hi all,

As we had planed our winter escape from Mich winter and FINALLY after several years scored a slot at Big Bend Nat'l Park we received this email today.




"Hello, All camping in Big Bend National Park is closed for the duration of the federal government lapse in funding. Reservations are not being honored. "


Well El Torro Poo Poo on the current Admin head throwing a temper tantrum.
At the end of the day as they say we have been mildly inconvenienced. It is the Fed. Employees who are taking it in the shorts.


In any case RVParky to the rescue.
A new RV park:Paisano Village RV Park & Inn had space for us for the Jan 18-23 dates! Only $35 per night. No bath house, but our new Escape 19 will certainty suffice since the Nat'l Park was boon docking in any case.


This will entail a lot of day trips. However better situated so we can travel to both the Texas State Park to the east of the Big Bend Nat'L park, as well as thought the BB National Park.


I am assuming (hoping) Sunset campground in Death Valley which is also basically boon docking will still be available by the end of Feb. Likely our Joshua Tree compound reservations may be cancelled (?) if this issue is not resolved in time.



The beauty of small is beautiful FG means we can adopt to changing conditions. Living in the 3rd world for >25 years we learned to adapt with rapidly changing conditions on a weekly if not daily basis.


So no big deal.


At some point I will post a travel update. Currently staying in

Fontainebleau State Park, LA.


Cheers all,
BatDude

B. C. & E.

Bruce you need to pay attention to what your government is doing. This shutdown started before Christmas and looks like it will continue for some time. ALL NATIONAL parks BLM and forest service campgrounds are effected.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:32 PM   #4
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Seminole Canyon State Park is well worth a stop. Take the Ranger guided tour down through the canyon to see the rock paintings.

There is camping at Big Bend State Park next door. Is the commercial campground (Rio Grande Village) in the park also closed?

We’ve also stayed at Fountainebleau State Park - worth the stop!
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Hi all,

As we had planed our winter escape from Mich winter and FINALLY after several years scored a slot at Big Bend Nat'l Park we received this email today.




"Hello, All camping in Big Bend National Park is closed for the duration of the federal government lapse in funding. Reservations are not being honored. "


Well El Torro Poo Poo on the current Admin head throwing a temper tantrum.
At the end of the day as they say we have been mildly inconvenienced. It is the Fed. Employees who are taking it in the shorts.


In any case RVParky to the rescue.
A new RV park:Paisano Village RV Park & Inn had space for us for the Jan 18-23 dates! Only $35 per night. No bath house, but our new Escape 19 will certainty suffice since the Nat'l Park was boon docking in any case.


This will entail a lot of day trips. However better situated so we can travel to both the Texas State Park to the east of the Big Bend Nat'L park, as well as thought the BB National Park.


I am assuming (hoping) Sunset campground in Death Valley which is also basically boon docking will still be available by the end of Feb. Likely our Joshua Tree compound reservations may be cancelled (?) if this issue is not resolved in time.



The beauty of small is beautiful FG means we can adopt to changing conditions. Living in the 3rd world for >25 years we learned to adapt with rapidly changing conditions on a weekly if not daily basis.


So no big deal.


At some point I will post a travel update. Currently staying in

Fontainebleau State Park, LA.


Cheers all,
BatDude

B. C. & E.
It is pretty clear where you have placed the blame for the shut down.

Write to any US congressman presently in the majority and demand that he stop acting like a petulant child and vote for the country, and not just against the present head of the administration.


If you figure we don't need no stinking borders ,then go to the park illegally without paying and be a squatter.


We were locked out of a ScampCamp in Oct. 2013, during the last government shutdown when the head of the administration was of the opposite party... who did you blame then??


We found a local KOA which gave us a competitive price and went right on living. We were denied deposit refunds, but they allowed them to be applied to a subsequent reservation.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:44 PM   #6
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Bruce you need to pay attention to what your government is doing. This shutdown started before Christmas and looks like it will continue for some time. ALL NATIONAL parks BLM and forest service campgrounds are effected.
While it is true that there is some effect on some National Parks they are not all closed because some of them are run by concession companies rather than federal employees. That statement is from the Federal Government.


This following information is based on what I am seeing in the youtube Vlogs of persons who live full time in their RVs and post frequently about their daily lives.


Most of the BLM land is still open, only a few of the very sensitive areas such as Joshua Tree have been closed. A lot of the BLM rangers in the areas in Southern Arizona are still there and are working without pay (words right from the mouth of a BLM ranger who was being interviewed yesterday at an event on BLM land near Quartzsite). From the reports I am seeing on youtube and from blogs of people who are currently visiting those Arizona areas most of them that had services such as water, garbage dumpsters etc still have those services available.

Forest Service areas may or may not be open. Some of them are gated and may be closed, others are still open.

Your best bet is not to rely on generalized statements in forums from persons who are not actively at the sites but instead try to find blogs or vlogs with recent postings by persons who are currently camping in the area you want to visit. When you do a search on the internet or on youtube use filters that specifiy the time such as that day, that week or the last 30 days.
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I have to be careful here, considering the forum rule:

Discussions about politics, weaponry and religion are permitted only in association with the topic of this forum and will be closed or removed if they become disruptive.

So I'll just say that one or more of our "elected" officials (whom shall remain nameless) has certainly lost my vote in all future elections. A closed campground is bad enough when our taxes have paid to support it, but other things like the present reduction in security at airports is a real danger.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:46 PM   #8
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In any case RVParky to the rescue.
A new RV park:Paisano Village RV Park & Inn had space for us for the Jan 18-23 dates! Only $35 per night. No bath house, but our new Escape 19 will certainty suffice since the Nat'l Park was boon docking in any case.


This will entail a lot of day trips. However better situated so we can travel to both the Texas State Park to the east of the Big Bend Nat'L park, as well as thought the BB National Park.

....
As I started reading, my first thought was that there must be a private CG somewhere near. The park is big and so to explore it you would be making many day trips anyway.

Enjoy your travels regardless of what the government does. BB NP is a great place to see.
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Bruce you need to pay attention to what your government is doing. This shutdown started before Christmas and looks like it will continue for some time. ALL NATIONAL parks BLM and forest service campgrounds are effected.
But NOT all COE or military installation campgrounds are closed ... check first.
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If you happen to be near Quartzsite AZ the first week of February you can attend the Quartzsite Rally for free.
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We visited Joshua Tree in January of 2017. No camp sites available within the park when we arrived, but the ranger directed us down the road to a private campground with plenty of spaces. I believe it was Joshua Tree Lake & RV Campground. It was clean and quiet, but it's just a giant dirt lot with no privacy. It is only a short drive into the North entrances of the park.

Nearby Anza-Borrego State Park may have sites available as well. We never camped there but it is definitely worth the visit.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:43 AM   #12
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NP campground cancellation

Hi all,


Certainly do not want to stir up a political debate so will not go there.
Many useful suggestions posted here. TNX.


As noted using RVParky I did find a nearby private/commercial campground so all is well there.


Yes I realize this issue with the border debate and shutdown started in Dec. however in order to get a reservation in many Nat'l Parks one must make the reservations >6 months in advance. As we learned for many state parks like Florida it may need to be 11-12 months out in order to confirm a slot.


So advanced planning is necessary for many sites.


I assume that Sunset in Death Valley that is boon docking and never filled up will not be an issue and simply show up. Byron & Anne are likely to be there so will be great to meet up again. When we were very green newbies back in 2014 we were worried about our first boon docking



Byron provided a gazillion useful tips that alleviated our concerns.




Prior to DV we are still reserved in Joshua Tree NP and have stayed years back in a commercial RV park to the north. When one enjoys nature and immersion in it, it is not the same as being in the park. As I am recording and monitoring bats a commercial RV park to the north will not necessary provide data.


Also we did spend a few days at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Calif back in 2014. Wonderful park but not dog friendly. Still worth a few days stay if one can get in. Most sites are however reserved eons in advance so it may be hard to get in as drop in.


I will not hold my breath for a rapid settlement of the border wall issue. Given that it appeared not to be a priority for the past 2 years with the administration when there was one party control it seems now more of an ego thing.


Cheers all,
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Another vote for Seminole Canyon and the drive on Hwy 90 in general. Also the road from Terlingua to Presidio. Hopefully "adults" will soon prevail!
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